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  • Editing Team 15:20 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    List of NFC Products 

    NFC has long been tied with mobile payments. However, the mobile payments trend has been slow to take off. In fact, paying for items with one’s phone seems to be the least common use for the close-range connectivity technology right now, at least based on gadgets unveiled at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

    Basically, all products using NFC shown at the CES employed the technology in one of the two ways: To set up a sort of digital connection between a mobile device and another gadget, or as a way to share information between products with just a tap.

    Here are some products that use NFC (not all of these were announced at CES):

    Virtual press kits and business cards — Various companies use NFC as a fast way to share their contact information and press releases. To access the information, people just need to tap their NFC-enabled phone to the item, typically a wristband or business card. Samsung, for example, handed NFC-enabled wristbands to all attendees at its press conference. Sharp also gave out business cards embedded with its press release.

    Information points such as posters — Caesars Entertainment, owner of eight hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, installed more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles in its resorts. Anyone with an NFC-enabled device will be able to tap the various TecTiles for information such as show times, restaurant menus, and ticket purchases.

    Speakers — Many new speakers use NFC to pair with a smartphone, yet the music is not actually streamed to the system via NFC but is shared through Bluetooth. Samsung and Sony are two notable companies with NFC speakers.

    Headphones — The function is much like wireless speakers. Users tap their phone to the headphones to allow pairing for the transfer of music. Sony also makes these headphones.

    Boomboxes and other music players — Sony, again.

    Cameras — At least two cameras introduced at CES included NFC capabilities: the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 and the Panasonic Lumix TS5. Along with built-in Wi-Fi, the cameras should enable “the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing, and instant sharing on social networks.”

    TVs — LG and Sony were two big companies showing off NFC-enabled TVs at CES. Like with audio devices, NFC is used to pair a phone to the TV by tapping the two together.

    Remote controls — Users tap their phones to their remote instead of their TV to pair the device to the television. Sony is one company doing this.

    Appliances — LG showcased a number of washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and vacuums with NFC technology. After pairing the appliance with a phone, users can program their products from afar, such as turning on a washing machine while still in the office.

    Smart kitchen items — Panasonic has made an NFC-enabled rice cooker and a steam microwave oven. Users can search for recipes and program cooking instructions using their smartphones.

    Computers — HP has announced the SpectreOne all-in-one desktop PC in last September, which incorporates NFC technology. Via a sensor built into the base of the unit, users can log into the SpectreOne or transfer files to it by simply swiping a smartphone or another device equipped with NFC. HP’s Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook also includes NFC, as does Sony’s Vaio Tap 20 mobile desktop PC.

    Smart meters for utility companies — Landis+Gyr in late 2011 said it was working with NXP Semiconductor on energy management products with integrated NFC.

    Digital bubble gum machine — Last July, digital advertising agency Razorfish developed a high-tech prototype version of the gun ball machine, which allows users to download digital content like apps and movies to their NFC-enabled phone for a small fee.

    Heart monitor — A joint venture called Impak Health has developed the RhythmTrak heart monitor. The product can track certain heart-related data, which can then be downloaded or sent to a clinician by placing it next to an NFC-enabled phone.

    Wii U — It’s not really clear how NFC will be used in this Nintendo console, but it may allow users to do things like add new characters to games.

    Cars — An NFC-enabled smartphone will be able to unlock Hyundai cars by 2015.

     
  • Editing Team 15:55 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Samsung TecTiles? 

    In the previous article, we introduced how to use S Beam. This one will talk about how to use the Samsung TecTiles.

    With TecTiles, you can adjust settings on your phone depending on where you happen to be at the moment, with fewer taps.

    To use the TecTiles, first you need to purchase TecTile tags, which can be bought directly from Samsung’s website or other authorized sellers and cost $14.99 for a set of five NFC tags/chips. These tags store commands and limited data (they are not attached to devices, so don’t mistakenly stick it to your device). Besides, you also need to download the free Samsung TecTiles app from Google Play Store, to program the tags (store commands in them).

    Once you have both the tags and app ready, you can read from and write to the TecTile tags. To program and use a TecTile to do a certain task, follow the steps below:

    ■Ensure that NFC is turned ON.

    ■Launch the TecTile application. Select the “TecTile Type”.

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    ■Select the action you want to do and then tap “Next”.

    ■Follow the instruction and hold your phone over the TecTile (with your phone’s back facing the TecTile) until you have successfully written the tag. This reportedly takes just a matter of seconds.

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    ■To use the tag to execute the command on the device, just unlock your device and hold it over the TecTile tag.

    NOTE: TecTiles wouldn’t function when placed near metal bodies.

    You can set a tag to perform a specific function permanently. But be aware that it cannot be edited or re-written after that.

    You can put a TecTile on the light switch in your office to make sure your phone is on vibrate so you’ll not disturbed with a ringing phone while working. You can also use a tag in your car to turn on Bluetooth, turn off Wi-Fi and launch Slacker.

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    There are a lot more options out there. You can make lots of different types of tags like change phone settings, launch an app, set alarm, make a call, send an SMS, Facebook & Foursquare check-in, make a tweet, etc.

    S Beam and TecTiles are just two of NFC using cases. NFC can do a lot more. Just give it a try and you’ll love it!

     
  • Editing Team 14:35 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Coffee Bean in Singapore Adds Samsung TecTile NFC Stickers 

    Singapore-Coffee-Bean-Samsung-TecTile-NFC-stickers-rfid-blogSamsung has reached an agreement with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) to place Samsung-branded NFC stickers in all 51 outlets in Singapore.

    Their marketing campaign began on February 8th and will run through March 7th. It will reward Samsung NFC-device users with a larger drink for tapping the NFC stickers. The tap also generates a “Like” for CBTL chain on Facebook.

    Samsung’s TecTile stickers are used during the campaign. Reports from Samsung suggest that other NFC-enabled, Mifare-compliant Android devices should be able to interact with the TecTile NFC stickers.

    The Singaporean government has been backing the NFC ecosystem in the country, with its national tap-to-pay system launched late last year, after years of throwing money at retail outlets to get them to put in contactless payment terminals. All of this is backed on a national technology standard for contactless payment called Cepas, which was set up in 2009.

     
  • Editing Team 23:40 on October 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Updates TecTiles App, Offering More Options for NFC Tagging 

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    TecTiles, Samsung’s NFC tagging app, was officially debuted in June. Since then, the company has been improving it.

    Last week, the company announced version 3.0 of the app, which includes various enhancements that allow for better customization.

    With the new features, now you can choose from a larger selection of settings that can be programmed into the tags. Besides, you’ll also have the ability to send pre-written emails to a specified address, update your Google+ status, store a history of your profiles, customize preloaded profiles, and create private tags that can only be read by your phone.

    The new app is ready to go in the Play Store, and users can download it for free. Yet a pack of five tags is priced $15.

     
  • Editing Team 13:58 on July 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung TecTiles to Change Your Life 

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    You may have already heard about Samsung TecTiles, but do you really know what they can do for you? Let’s take an example, you can tap your NFC-enabled phone on a tag to silence the ringer before heading into a meeting, or set your alarm by tapping your nightstand, or tap on a restaurant door to check in via Foursquare. Samsung’s new TecTiles sticker tags make these and other scenarios possible.

    To activate a Samsung TecTiles, you need a NFC phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the app for Samsung TecTiles from the Google Play store. TecTiles also work with non-Samsung phones enabled with NFC, so this technology could have a prospect.

    How TecTiles Work

    You can program an individual TecTiles sticker to do all sorts of things. For example, when a child arrives home, he could tap a sticker to automatically send a text message to his parents, so that parents may know that their children are safe. A business could also use the tags to enable customers to open a web page to download content or check in on Facebook or Foursquare.

    The app could be used in almost everything situation from settings and applications to communication and location and web, as well as social networking. Besides, TecTiles are reprogrammable, so they can be put to other users.

    Availability and Pricing

    Samsung says that TecTiles can work in the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S on Sprint and Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile. From what are mentioned above, we may conclude that any NFC-enabled Android phone should work.

    You should be able to pick up a pack of five TecTiles at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon stores, as well as online. The price of Samsung TecTiles is $14.99 for a pack of five. And the TecTiles app itself is free.

    Outlook

    Samsung isn’t keeping the technology to itself, which makes TecTiles a shot of success. In fact, it could become an industry standard for tap-to-anything-you-can-think-of. We can’t wait to see not only what individuals and businesses do with TecTiles, as well as also developers.

     
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